GreNo West: The residents of Nirala Estate are falling ill due to an alleged supply of contaminated water. The residents point out that many individuals in the housing society are in grip of stomach-related infections such as dysentery and diarrhoea. In children, cases of high fever have been reported. The reason behind this, as per the residents, is the untreated STP water being supplied in the washrooms.
Residents say that the water supply they get in their washrooms is seemingly contaminated, black in colour and smelly. Falguni Goswami, a resident of Nirala Estate says, “From the last 15-20 days, we are facing issues such as stomach ache, cramps and high fever. You can check the dirty water still in our cisterns as they have not washed the tank yet. We are tired of putting so much phenol in our commodes and mopping the floor with fragrant floor cleaner. We cannot sleep in the bedroom, as the bathrooms are attached and they smell unpleasant.”
He continues, “In the meeting last night, the maintenance team assured us that they'll discontinue this supply. They are trying to convince us that it is treated water, but we are sure this is untreated STP water. The water tank is full of polybags and dirt.”
Tariq Azia, a resident of Nirala Estate says, "For the last 5 days, my 18 months old baby is suffering from upset stomach. Many people in the society are suffering from gastric problems including vomiting and other stomach-related problems.”
Pankaj Bhati, a resident of Nirala Estate complains that his three daughters have high fever and that it is due to the contaminated water supply.
On this note, we reached the maintenance office and met the estates' manager, Arun Tyagi. He briefed us about the last meeting he had with the residents of the society and he showed us the treated water test report till June 2 2022, which remains valid for one month. He also told us that the water is safe.
Arun Tyagi says, “We met the residents yesterday, everyone was saying that they are not feeling well and this is due to the water supply in their washrooms. When I checked, the water wasn't as dirty as they are claiming it to be. Cleaning work is in progress. All the NGT norms are being followed. This is treated water and additionally, we are also mixing 20 % fresh water. We suggest residents get a proper check-up done. This is not due to STP water.”
He continues, "After residents complain, we have stopped this water supply, We have asked the vendor to clean the tank on a priority basis. We get the tank cleaned every four months."